Memorial Day, formerly called Decoration Day, is a holiday set aside to commemorate those who died serving our country.
Memorial Day is a remembrance of death. Death for a greater cause. Death in the name of God and country. Death for something called duty.
Death in combat is not glorious. It is ugly, dirty, bloody, and brutal.
There is nothing glorious about death in war.
We set side one day a year to commemorate those who died. Men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. People who gave all. Yet, we forget to remember the death of these people.
We "celebrate" Memorial Day as just another three dy weekend to have fun.
We should remember. Always remember. Never forget. Throughout this nation's history, men and women went to war. They died fighting for something called freedom. They died for duty, honor, country.
They died. That is all that matters.
They came from all over. From cities, farms, small towns, some from other countries, they came. To fight and die.
In the celebration of Memorial Day, barbecue, watch sports, drink, travel, drink, eat, drink, run to those Memorial Day sales before stores run out of stuff we do not need. Did I mention drinking?
This is how we remember. Drinking, eating, buying, and general revelry and debauchery.
We celebrate. The dead are forgotten.
On this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember. Before you fire up the grill, swill hooch, beer, and wine, or run out to buy all that stuff on sale, take a single moment to remember the dead.
Remember who they were. Our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends.
Remember the ultimate sacrifice they made.
"We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields." (In Flanders Fields/John McCrae)
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